'Police should evacuate settlements'

Police should evacuate

By JPOST.COM STAFF
December 16, 2009 17:13
1 minute read.
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ashkenazi radio 248 88. (photo credit: Army Radio)

 
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IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi hinted Wednesday that the future evacuation of West Bank settlements would need to be carried out by police and not IDF soldiers. Speaking to Army Radio on Wednesday, the IDF chief said, "Police should deal with civilians, in order to prevent a situation whereby soldiers are involved in the evacuation of settlements. The police have more experience, and the soldiers are more suitable for use in security tasks." In reference to Defense Minister Ehud Barak's recent decision to remove the Har Bracha Yeshiva from the hesder framework, Ashkenazi said, "We made it possible for rabbis to criticize the phenomenon of insubordination [in the IDF], but to my regret not all of them did so." Barak's decision came in response to the yeshiva head's refusal to denounce political demonstrations in the IDF. "At the end of the day, it's impossible to split up the army. In the IDF there is a chain of command, and soldiers swear that they will follow their commanders' orders in full," he added. He warned against generalizations, saying, "I've know the hesder yeshivot for years, and they produce exceptional soldiers. I think that it shouldn't matter where soldiers come from, it's even good that they have an opinion and political views. Nonetheless, he stressed that the army was "not willing to accept" a soldier with two commanders. "We can't accept that type of behavior from anyone."

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